es3tag: "I wouldn't have said yes if I didn't think I could help FaZe qualify"

Patrick "⁠es3tag⁠" Hansen kicked off his FaZe substitute performance in style with a 30-bomb on Overpass.

FaZe's roster situation at BLAST Premier Spring Groups was the main talking point over the last 24 hours, as the European combine got denied the chance to use Kristian "⁠k0nfig⁠" Wienecke in place of Håvard "⁠rain⁠" Nygaard at the final moment.

es3tag had an outstanding performance on Overpass

That left them scrambling for a fifth with time running out, with es3tag the man they chose to join the team on such short notice.

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BLAST acknowledges miscommunication in FaZe replacement situation

After a dominant opening victory against Complexity, HLTV sat down with es3tag to talk about his last 24 hours and his feelings after his first game.

First of all, congratulations on the win. You came here at short notice, how did the game feel?

All of the guys are extremely welcoming, and it's such an easy system to slot in because a lot of the calling that karrigan does is kind of on the fly sometimes, and he's really good at just freestyle calling. So that makes it extremely easy for me, that I don't have to remember ten different strats and ten different setups. I was just getting to know the guys, and all of them have a really good vibe and have a lot of fun. So it was super easy getting into the team.

Okay, so the game seemed relatively straightforward for you guys. Did you expect a game like that, considering the situation?

I'm not sure what I expected, but I was kinda hoping for it, especially since I haven't played Anubis yet in practice. When the map came out, we weren't practicing in NIP, so I still need to practice that at the pro level. I played a single show match on it and then I've played lots of pugs and matchmaking on it, but besides that, I haven't really seen what's new on Anubis, and the same goes for Ancient.

I don't know exactly what happens now with the spawns, but I can kind of figure it out on the fly, I guess. T's have an easier time taking middle, and Cave is also easier to take control over on the offense. But then again, I haven't faced it yet at a pro level, and it's hard to know how everything looks before you play.

You had a fantastic performance on Overpass with 31 kills. Can you talk me through that map and your performance?

I mean, it's all in the roles. I have a good role, as I'm playing A control. So if an eco comes up my way, both CT and T side, I would say A site is really good to get good stats. I feel like if you don't get good stats while playing that role, you haven't really done your job correctly. And I would still say, even though I had a good performance, I think there were one or two situations I wish I could have done better in. But then again, it's maybe a bit too much to ask for myself after just having 9 hours with the guys.

So just looking back at the whole process of FaZe contacting you, how did your last 24 hours look?

I woke up with a lot of calls on my phone at 10 AM, it was a bit stressful, to be honest. And then I was like, okay, now I'm awake. And then about an hour or two later after they found out they weren't going to be able to play with k0nfig, I slotted in. I live four minutes away from where their hotel is, so I just walked over there, and then I just wanted to spend the entire day with them.

Touching on your next games at the tournament. You won your first one, do you think you can help the boys qualify for the Spring Final?

I don't really care about the performance today, because each day is going to be a new opponent. It might be tougher, we don't really know what we have and how well we play. But I wouldn't have said yes if I didn't think I could help them qualify. So, yeah, that's a definite yes.

Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Age:
27
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
1373
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1602
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
Norway Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Håvard 'rain' Nygaard
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1682
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.69
#1
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Australia hqdefault
EZ tag
2023-01-20 15:19
2 replies
ez ez
2023-01-20 15:35
Rain >>>>>> Pricetag
2023-01-20 16:46
#2
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Finland Eestu
Goat.
2023-01-20 15:20
#3
ropz | 
India psn46
Hmmm Finally -rain +es3tag
2023-01-20 15:20
7 replies
#52
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Latvia laiziolas
Dont say that.
2023-01-20 16:11
3 replies
#62
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Bosnia and Herzegovina finci
Say it, we need rain to pop off in Katowice to get that IGS
2023-01-20 16:24
2 replies
#65
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Vietnam _Liam_
LMAO
2023-01-20 16:30
1 reply
#78
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Latvia laiziolas
Haha
2023-01-20 17:19
Reported , baiting is not allowed on HLTV
2023-01-20 16:46
2 replies
#77
ropz | 
India psn46
Cringe zywho fanbase
2023-01-20 17:11
1 reply
ZywOo would never disrespect the 2022 Major MVP Rain . Just saying
2023-01-20 20:26
Stop lying es3tag
2023-01-20 15:22
8 replies
About what ?
2023-01-20 15:24
6 replies
He would have said yes to any team who pays well
2023-01-20 15:25
5 replies
probably not getting paid much if at all tbh
2023-01-20 15:48
4 replies
Ofc he is getting payed its Faze not a tier 3 org
2023-01-20 15:59
3 replies
#57
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Sweden svearike
i wonder how they fixed payment for jks in katowice, considering they won with him but had 6 players total. even split? did jks get any prize money? who knows
2023-01-20 16:17
2 replies
If faze players are getting 25-30k per month i would say jks and es3tag got half of that or probably less and all prize money for them
2023-01-20 16:21
its not that complicated. They just hire him and pay him the amount they agreed whether he wins matches or not. Ofc there is a bonus if he wins the tournament. Same is with esetag, win or lose he still gets the same money and bonus if he wins the tournament.
2023-01-20 20:31
+1
2023-01-20 16:27
#5
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Russia 0_0
If faze and nip meet somewhere in the playoffs, then es3tag won't be able to play?
2023-01-20 15:22
14 replies
Yes, both NIP and FaZe are aware of this. I guess FaZe will then have to play with their stand-in coach, Eddie. Since I dont believe you are allowed an emergency sub mid-tournament.
2023-01-20 15:33
13 replies
#21
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Russia 0_0
That would be a shame, blast kinda fucked up everyone with their disorganization in decision making department
2023-01-20 15:35
10 replies
faze did this themselves regardless of how dumb blast is
2023-01-20 15:45
8 replies
They were literally told they are able to play with k0nfig what do you expect, to know that blast will change their decision 4 days later
2023-01-20 15:57
6 replies
Or they just go by the rules in the first place and wont have any problems. That too is an option.
2023-01-20 15:58
5 replies
#51
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Argentina Joedash
Faze went by the rules and asked for k0nfig, blast accepted then 24 hours before their game, they rejected the sub. That's is no faze fault, is blast disorganization.
2023-01-20 16:11
4 replies
they did not go by the rules. stopped reading after that
2023-01-20 16:12
3 replies
#54
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Argentina Joedash
Faze did go by the rules. The fact that blast apologized says it all. What can you expect from a JW fan lol
2023-01-20 16:12
2 replies
JW fans have seen it all, the are all-knowing.
2023-01-20 16:17
1 reply
Nah u just dumb asf
2023-01-20 16:19
#66
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Vietnam _Liam_
clueless L TAKE
2023-01-20 16:31
#68
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Vietnam _Liam_
+1, clueless dumbass said "faze did this themselves" LMFAO
2023-01-20 16:31
Alternative, FaZe will have to forfiet the match, but I dont think BLAST would like that scenario.
2023-01-20 15:46
Even if Faze play Nip it will be after the groups so rain will be back no?
2023-01-21 15:02
#6
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Sweden deadvein
hubris
2023-01-20 15:23
#7
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New Zealand Melting
Bro just woke ip and walked 5 minutes down the road to meet them lmao
2023-01-20 15:24
2 replies
#23
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Slovakia GloryMole
yeah lmao
2023-01-20 15:36
Hahahha yeah just ur casual Monday subbing in for FaZe
2023-01-21 04:19
#9
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Norway Snaids
ezpz
2023-01-20 15:25
#11
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Finland KieZuZ
typical standin-meta abuse
2023-01-20 15:27
15 replies
Heroic with k0nfig busted Astralis with mistr busted OG with degster busted (back then when he stood in for mantuu) What meta are you exactly talking about?:) The only teams that won or at least did good was FaZe with cromen back in 2018 and FaZe with jks back in 2022 :))
2023-01-20 15:38
14 replies
#26
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Finland KieZuZ
Proof: I made it up. I was just making a joke but gj with the facts :)
2023-01-20 15:40
1 reply
Aight :))
2023-01-20 15:42
#27
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Lithuania CEOofwomen
Og with degster did NOT bust
2023-01-20 15:40
7 replies
They didn't do good honestly
2023-01-20 15:42
6 replies
#30
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Russia Soawii
they did better than they did with mantuu, how is that a bust
2023-01-20 15:43
3 replies
Cause they did better it doesn't mean they were successful Whats the point of changing players when the results are as bad as before?:)
2023-01-20 15:47
2 replies
#38
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Russia Soawii
you just said that stand-in version of og was a bust, the most you expect of a stand-in is to do on around the same level as the guy who he is replacing, and degster did more than good enough as well as OG
2023-01-20 15:49
1 reply
#39 You could find your answer there
2023-01-20 15:53
No but both degster and konfig with heroic had good performances, they weren't the reason the team didn't win
2023-01-20 15:47
1 reply
Thats right but the team performance>>>individual so no matter how good they played as long as they couldn't win it wouldn't prove that my statement was wrong OP said stand-in meta abuse which was false (he was joking tho) How could it be meta when its not successful :) Thats my whole point (I wasn't saying neither did bad or good)
2023-01-20 15:52
jks faze boltz sk and likely more this is all i remember, i think chrisJ had a tournament win as standin too
2023-01-20 15:48
3 replies
I mean boltz was part of that roster im not really sure about that I dont have a lot information about this one but i feel like it kind of like sdy navi story
2023-01-20 15:56
2 replies
1 reply
Right
2023-01-20 15:58
What a chad
2023-01-20 15:29
Seems fairly grounded. GL for the coming matches, a day to prac a little now.
2023-01-20 15:29
Didnt know es3tag was kind of alpha ngl
2023-01-20 15:30
stop lie pls
2023-01-20 15:32
#17
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Russia w1ndcast
GIGATAG
2023-01-20 15:33
One of GOATs
2023-01-20 15:34
Ok es3tag
2023-01-20 15:34
> I live four minutes away from where their hotel is, so I just walked over there the guy just walked in and 30 bombed his first match kekw what a god. I do hope he'll get some good offers if Faze will do good overall
2023-01-20 15:34
#24
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Slovakia GloryMole
"I feel like if you don't get good stats while playing that role, you haven't really done your job correctly." great take
2023-01-20 15:37
#34
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Asia flipflop
es3tag...the real gigachad
2023-01-20 15:47
Interesting perspective on Karrigan’s IGL style, that would also explain how you manage to win a top tier tournament with a short notice stand-in as jks. Impressive if Karrigan’s success is more about reading the situation and game than just having a huge playbook. Guess that part of the reason why pro players regard Karrigan as one of the best IGL of all time.
2023-01-20 15:56
1 reply
and that why Gla1ve playbook is outdated
2023-01-20 16:09
IF I DIDN'T HAVE PLAYED, I COULDN'T GET 30 BOMB!!
2023-01-20 16:00
> I live four minutes away from where their hotel is Convenient lol
2023-01-20 16:03
I'm really happy for es3tag!
2023-01-20 16:17
#64
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Vietnam _Liam_
"then I just wanted to spend the entire day with them." GIGACHAD
2023-01-20 16:29
Egotag
2023-01-20 16:31
#69
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Poland SebL
es3tag will now play an event with FaZe, drop a few 30 bombs, get a chance in a team like OG and then struggle again, the story continues :D
2023-01-20 16:38
xd
2023-01-20 16:43
FaZes3tag
2023-01-20 16:46
#74
hades | 
North America minte
ES3TAG GOAT
2023-01-20 16:54
#75
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Poland Jevilek
Stand in buff
2023-01-20 16:56
Why are you on bench then?
2023-01-20 17:01
Call him pricetag all you want but he does him job well for a stand-in. JKS also did a great job with Faze and now G2. We should make it perm for es3tag.
2023-01-20 19:02
tfw my fantasy has rain/k0nfig on entry role big rip
2023-01-20 19:23
1 reply
hopefully es3tag just fills rain roles and he entries a little more
2023-01-21 04:21
#81
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Ukraine SwissRolls
4 mins from hotel
2023-01-20 19:25
Noice
2023-01-20 19:29
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